Orange margarita alcohol cocktail with grapefruit isolatedMission is filled with the very best of Northern Mexican cuisine. If you can dream up a Mexican specialty, chances are good that one of our Mission restaurants is serving it up fast and fresh .

Now, there is certainly nothing wrong with an ice cold beer riding shotgun alongside a taco, tortilla or burrito. But why not step out of the beverage box? Why not mix up a batch of “Border Buttermilk”?

That’s just one of the names given to a margarita that’s served up Mission style. It is our clever take on a Ruby Red Margarita. Throughout the south of Texas, there are countless variations, secret recipes and family favorite “Ruby Reds”. We’re going to share one of our best mixed up margarita recipes with you.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to brew up a batch of your own Ruby Red Margaritas. The ingredients are largely local, and you’ll find them on the shelves of our Mission shops. It’s a drink you can make anywhere in the nation, but it will always taste better in the Rio Grande sunshine.

Mission’s Ruby Red Margarita

Ingredients For Four:

  • 14 ounces of Ruby Red grapefruit juice (takes about 3 medium sized grapefruit) Keep the pulp, it adds texture and nutrients!
  • 1 ounce lime juice (fresh squeezed is always best)
  • 5 ounces of your favorite, finest, tequila
  • 2 ounces of Triple Sec liqueur
  • 4 fresh cut slices of Ruby Red grapefruit and a slice or two of limes
  • Enough course salt in a saucer to line the rims of the glasses

Serving Directions:

  • Find four of finest margarita glasses, preferably crystal, and handcrafted by a Venetian artisan… Just joking. Margarita, champagne glasses or a wine glass will do just fine. Are you in the RV or at a campsite? Not a problem. Pick up some of those disposable plastic cocktail glasses (and don’t be afraid to wash and reuse them) They will do just fine. What’s in your guest’s glass will be so tasty nobody would notice if you served it to them in a glass, coffee mug or even a mason jar!
  • Run a wedge of lime around the outside rim of the glass to moisten it. Then turn the glass upside down and dip it into your salt. While the glass is still upside down, give it a tap to allow the excess salt to fall off. Too much salt on the rim means some will end up in the margarita itself, spoiling the flavor.
  • Ready to shake, rattle and roll? To combine the ingredients, you’ll need a shaker and a strainer. If you’re using a conventional size bar shaker, add half of all the above ingredients to the shaker. So you’d be looking to make two servings of Ruby Red Margarita. Combine 7 ounces of Ruby Red juice, 2.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of Triple Sec, a splash of lime juice, and lots of ice! Give it a real good shake, strain and pour into the salt rimmed glasses. Garnish with a slice of Ruby Red Grapefruit.

The recipe above will provide four servings of a cocktail that is loaded with local citrus flavor, but still has a hint of sweetness. Serve over ice, or neat. Got a blender on hand? Ruby Red Margaritas can be blended with ice to make a silky smooth “adults only shake”.

What Makes A Mission Margarita Magnificent?

We’ve been growing citrus fruit for more than 200 years in this corner of the Rio Grande Valley. It goes without saying that we’ve gotten pretty darn good at it! Our sweet Ruby Red grapefruits are packed with flavor, vitamin C, vitamin A and antioxidants. A Mission Margarita is the best way that we can think of to get all this goodness in just one glass!